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ALBANY – As tensions worsen between Canadian and New York officials over work at the Peace Bridge, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today said he has had no talks with officials across the border to try to resolve the problems.The Cuomo administration recently went public with its allegations that Canadian officials on the Peace Bridge Authority have been blocking his efforts to build…

Students at Smallwood Elementary Tuesday gather to form a star as part of the Stars for Heroes program. The photo will be used to make cards that will be sent to soldiers, veterans and families of fallen soldiers for Memorial Day.  

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Three incumbents will return to the Buffalo Board of Education, and three new faces will join them, city voters determined Tuesday.Board President Mary Ruth Kapsiak will retain her seat for another three years, as will Sharon Belton-Cottman in the Ferry District and Jason M. McCarthy in the North District.Among the new faces on the board will be Carl P. Paladino, who swep…

The burglar shot to death Monday afternoon by an off-duty Buffalo police officer in the officer’s University District home has been identified as 53-year-old Wayne Andre White, law enforcement sources confirmed Tuesday.White, who sources say has used at least five different aliases, has an extensive criminal record, with at least four felony burglary convictions dating bac…

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A computer image shows what’s in the offing as part of design to remove a section of the Robert Moses Parkway and optimize the connection between the City of Niagara Falls and the state park. A couple of interesting items that popped up today: •Republicans in the State Senate are going to propose that three new casinos be built in New York state, but not in Western New…

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  A view of the brink of the American Falls in Niagara Falls State Park in the summer of 2012. (Aaron Besecker/Buffalo News)   Welcome to The Brink. This is the new blog for everything you need to know about Niagara Falls, N.Y. Important news. Interesting stories. Basically a one-stop shop. For instant updates, make sure you follow The Brink Blog on Twitter …

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The latest installment of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s “Buffalo Billion” economic-development pledge will be used to help pay for ripping up a portion of the Robert Moses Parkway just south of Niagara Falls.Officials said the $10 million for the work is seen as a step to help increase tourism and create jobs.In the 17 months since Cuomo pledged to invest up to $1 billion over as…

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Voter interest was highest in South Buffalo’s Park District this morning, where developer and former gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino says he’s running to shake up the Buffalo Board of Education.Poll workers at two South Buffalo locations and an Erie County election commissioner said turnout was higher there than usual for a School Board race, which pits Paladino agai…

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Clint Salmon still can’t let go of his activism and put his feet up to relax.Even at age 87.He has a jam-packed résumé, with stints in the Marines, as a New York State trooper and as Town of Sardinia supervisor. He also has remained active with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Masonic Lodge and the Chaffee-Sardinia Kiwanis Club, each for at least 40 y…

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Metro Rail Car 126 returned to Buffalo on Monday, and officials of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority greeted it like an old friend.Not that they harbor any particular affection for a rebuilt subway car, but Car 126 has been absent from Buffalo’s rails since way back in 2004. That’s when it departed for Wilmington, Del., and the initial stage of a problem-plague…

By Charlie Specht Join me at 7 p.m. for a live blog of the Amherst Town Board meeting. Not too many big-ticket items on the agenda, but we may see some passionate public comments.  The family of Erin Suszynski, the 13-year-old girl who was killed crossing Maple Road last year, is expected to address the board. They are trying to get crosswalks installed at that site. …

Residents in the Buffalo Board of Education’s East District will have a chance to vote for incumbent Rosalyn L. Taylor, appointed in 2011 to fill a vacancy, even though she was knocked off Tuesday’s ballot for not having enough valid petition signatures. Taylor is waging a write-in campaign against Theresa Harris-Tigg, an assistant professor at SUNY Buffalo State whose nam…

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When Howard J. “Howie” Ross and his fellow soldiers were told they were going to India, they figured the training officers had made a mistake and meant Italy, where there would be plenty of action in freeing the people from the Axis.But India and beyond were indeed where they headed, to one of the lesser-known theaters of operation during World War II. And little did they …

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Mary Kate O’Connell said it, and then said it again for emphasis. “Never count out an Angel.”With the news still so fresh, so raw, there’s a part of O’Connell, the singer and actress, that doesn’t want to believe her alma mater is closing.There’s another part of her that wants to fight to keep Holy Angels Academy open to the next generation of girls from the city.“Great th…